From JoyceKC Notebook: Estilo Rancho Grill is taking the former Cascone’s Grill North spot at 6427 N. Cosby Ave. Southside Eatery + Bar wants to open in Watts Mill Plaza. Kobe Japanese Steak & Seafood has a sign on the door saying it is short on staff so can only serve a limited amount of customers.
Area restaurants with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: Barwaqo Restaurant, Brown Xpress Mart, Carriage Club, China Feast, China Town Super Buffet, Cocina Rio Verde, Eggtc in Shawnee, El Pulgarcito Salvadoran Restaurant, Mi Ranchito Cocina & Cantina, Old Shawnee Pizza & Italian Kitchen, the Peanut in south Overland Park, Side Pockets, Stix, Thomas Restaurant, and Wendy’s on State Avenue.
K12itc, which provides customized technology solutions and services for K-12 school districts, received the Mr. K Award, named after the late Ewing Marion Kauffman, founder of Marion Laboratories and the original owner of the Royals. The Mr. K Award is based on business growth or sustainability, exemplary employee relations and a commitment to community service.
The Leawood-based chain is rolling out the new cocktail menu at its Overland Park and Dallas restaurants. All 10 cocktails will be available starting Tuesday, but the chain is rolling out two of the new cocktails daily until the debut.
From JoyceKC’s notebook: Raising Cane’s opens in Blue Springs on Tuesday, and in Westport on June 7. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, in the West Plaza, has a new patio, and Bier Station, in the Waldo/Brookside area, has opened a new, expanded patio area.
Area restaurants and grocery stores with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: Baja Betty’s, Cronin’s Bar & Grill, Hy-Vee in Shawnee, Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs in KCK, Tokyo Japanese Steak House, Bonito Michoacan, Danny’s Bar & Grill, Freebirds World Burrito in Overland Park, Kansas Speedway, Pauls’ Drive-In, and Whole Foods in Olathe.
Cafe Europa’s longtime chef, Nate Feldmiller, and general manager, Dan Weber, are buying the Crestwood Shops restaurant and opening a new restaurant in Union Hill. The second location will have an event space, an expanded menu and a to-go retail area. The Country Club Plaza’s Republica will close May 28 and reopen under a new concept in mid-June.
Private parent loans, offered by lenders such as Sallie Mae, Citizens Financial Corp., Social Finance Inc. and College Ave Student Loans, typically come with lower interest rates and low or no fees compared to federal parent PLUS loans.
Kansas City is No. 24 on Travel + Leisure’s new list of 30 of America’s Favorite Cities. Readers cited Kansas City for “high culture and comfort food.” The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, and Urban Provisions get shout-outs.
Area operations with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: Vive Latino, China Garden, Hy-Vee in Shawnee, Sun Fresh in KCK, KC Improv + Fat Fish Blue, Woodyard Bar-B-Que, Bravo Cucina in Leawood, D’Bronx Deli & Pizzeria in Overland Park, T-Rex Cafe.
Merriam-based Mer-Sea & Co. is collaborating with Anthropologie on a new line, now sold in 197 stores. And Kansas City’s souvenir vending machine company, SouveNear, has put two of its vending machines in San Francisco hot spots.
A Crossroads location of Simple Science Juices opened Friday at 1914 Main St. A Brookside location is scheduled to open in July at 112 W. 63rd St. The shops carry grab-and-go healthy juices, snacks and entrees. The owners, who also have an Overland Park shop, are looking at sites in Fairway and south Leawood.
The De Soto-based company will introduce the design at a remodeled restaurant in Leavenworth in early June. A new Olathe location, at Ridgeview Road and Kansas 10, is scheduled to open in August. The new locations will have self-ordering kiosks and a wider variety of beverages, including brewed tea and premium lemonade, and a more extensive line of bottled sodas, energy drinks, teas and flavored waters to help drive drink sales.
Berbiglia’s Roost plans a July opening at 8725 Metcalf Ave. It will specialize in fried chicken and barbecue but also offer such comfort foods as slow roasted pot roast, Salisbury steak and fried fruit pies. The De Soto-based company will introduce the design at a remodeled restaurant in Leavenworth in early June and in a new Olathe location, at 10450 S. Ridgeview Road, is scheduled to open in August.